Government says Northwestern province has a lot of unexplored high tourism potential sites which have remained underutilized and underdeveloped for a long time.
Northwestern province assistant secretary Mukwambuyu Katungu says despite tourism being the fastest growing industry in the world, the Tourism industry has not benefited Zambia in general.
He said the country’s share in the sector has remained low as it is only concentrated on the mighty Victoria falls in Livingstone city in Southern province at the expense of other equally important sites which he said remain untapped.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Katungu said during the provincial tourism development master plan consultative meeting held in Solwezi today.
He, however, said government has prioritized the tourism sector by unlocking the potential of the sector in all parts of the country in its bid to diversify the economy from the mining industry.
Speaking earlier, ministry of tourism and arts principle planner Lucas Zulu said the ministry with support from the European Union has procured professional consultants on the development of the national tourism master plan.
Mr. Zulu explained that the master plan is aimed at identifying key tourism opportunities in various parts of the country and how they can be developed.
He said the undertaking was arrived at when the ministry realized that the tourism sector was not performing to their expectations in terms of its contribution to the national development.
He said the team of consultants on the development of the national tourism master plan is in Northwestern province to identify key tourism sites in the province that can be pull factors of tourism and contribute to national development.
And stakeholders in Solwezi have proposed that a lot of infrastructures such as hotels, lodges, roads to the identified tourism sites need to be improved and established to attract tourists.